Often the best prices and availability can be found on the Internet. However, federal and state law requires
that all interstate firearm transfers be handled by a licensed firearms dealer.
Precise Shooter is such a dealer. We are conveniently located in Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle,
and offer some of the lowest firearm transfer prices - $25 per firearm. The charge is the same for
handgun and long gun transfers.
Important note on use tax collection on transfers.
State law requires that the dealer who handles the transfer collects tax on
the price of the firearm, including shipping, unless there is a proof that the sales tax on the
firearm was paid in another state (in which case the difference between the two tax rates is collected).
This includes firearms received as gifts!
Please see here for more details:
Long guns and handguns if the purchaser has a Concealed Pistol License
The buyer must complete a Firearm Transaction Record, Form 4473
the transfer can take place.
The buyer must be qualified to purchase the firearm, as indicated by the form:
- The buyer must reside in Washington State (handguns)
- The buyer must be a US citizen or permanent resident, or a legal alien possessing
Washington State alien firearms license.
- The buyer must respond positively to question 11-a on form 4473 and negatively to questions from 11-b to 11-k.
- The buyer must possess a valid (unexpired) government-issued ID which confirms his or her current address.
- The buyer must be 18 or older to purchase a long gun (rifle or shotgun), 21 or older
to purchase any other firearms (this include handguns and receivers)
After the form is completed, the dealer initiates a query at the
Instant Criminal Backgroun Check System (NICS) to confirm the absence of criminal record. The NICS check
usually succeeds instantly, after which the firearm can be transferred to the new owner, but the system can
also reject or delay the transaction.
If the transaction is rejected, the buyer cannot take possession of the firearm and will have to
arrange the return to the seller through the seller, so it is always safer to file the form 4473 and do the
NICS check BEFORE purchasing the firearm. However, if you have previously purchased firearms and believe
that the NICS check is likely to succeed, you can do it when the firearm is received to save a trip.
It is your choice.
The dealer would not know why specifically the transaction was rejected, this information is not communicated
by NICS. However, the buyer will have a transaction number and will be able to contact NICS directly for the
explanation of the rejection.
If the transaction is delayed, the NICS is obligated to communicate the final status to the dealer within
3 business days, not including the day on which the transaction was initiated. If the status is not communicated
(which happens in the majority of cases), the firearm can be legally transferred on the fourth day.
NICS is legally obligated to erase the trace of successful background check within 24 hours
of the completion of the check. The form 4473 is kept by the dealer for 20 years, and is transferred to
ATF for safekeeping of the dealer goes out of business. Computerisation of such records is currently
The information on which firearm is being transferred is not communicated to NICS.
If the transfer is for a handgun, WA state law requires completion of Application to Transfer Pistol, a
copy of which is sent to local Police Department and WA State Department of Licensing.
Hand guns if the purchaser DOES NOT have a Concealed Pistol License
If the purchaser of the handgun does not possess Concealed Pistol License, the aforementioned form 4473
and Washington State Application to Transfer Pistol are still required, but instead of contacting NICS
the dealer must send the Application to Transfer Pistol to local Law Enforcement Authority where the purchaser
lives. For example, in Seattle it is Seattle Police Department.
Local Law Enforcement Authority has to conduct the background check within 5 business days not including the
date on which the application was submitted. If the response is not received, the dealer can legally transfer the
pistol on the 6th day.
NFA firearms: machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and silencers
Dealing in firearms regulated under National Firearms Act of 1934 requires a special license
that Precise Shooter does not possess, therefore we cannot help you transfer these items.
Note that possession of machine guns and short-barreled rifles and shotguns by private
citizens is prohibited in the State of Washington.
How to initiate a transfer
Most of the popular internet gun stores (J&G Sales, Centerfire System, AIM Surplus,
ClassicArms, Bud's Gun Shop, and many others) already have our FFL on file. You need to tell them
to use Precise Shooter (area code 98119) for the transfer.
If the seller does not have our information, please send us the details of your transaction
(name and contact information of the seller, and whatever transaction ID would identify your purchase
for them). We will then send the license information to them, and they will ship to us.
If a seller communicates a tracking number to you, please share it with us.
Please review eligibility and documentation requirements for purchasing
a firearm - ideally, prior to making the purchase.
If you do not have a CPL and are purchasing a handgun, you should definitely stop by as early as
possible to initiate the background check. This process takes 5 days to complete, and most handguns
ship express mail and take only 2-3 days to arrive. This way you can pick your purchase up soon after
it is here. Click here to reserve your appointment
If you do have a CPL or are buying a long rifle, you may chose to do the NICS check when you
are picking the gun up. Click here to reserve your
How to pick up the firearm when it is here
We operate by appointments only.
Once we know when the firearm will be here, we will ask you to make an appointment to pick it up, which
can be made on the web site here.
Note: please wait for a message from us confirming the starting date, and do not go by the
tracking number. Because shipments are very frequently delayed later than the tracking information
promises, we never allow same-day pick-up appointments.